I find the bloggernacle stimulating. One person’s comment on someone else’s blog can trigger all sorts of thoughts and wonderings. Jeffrey Giliam’s comment on Geoff’s post at New Cool Thing got me thinking about eternal things.
I’m not sure I can communicate exactly what I’m thinking – but here goes.
Can something that is eternal have a begining? The first example that pops into my mind is this earth. It was created, it will change and it will become a Celestial world from then on thru the eternities. So as a Celestial world it is eternal. Second example: God is an eternal God, but we know He wasn’t a God always. He became a God and then will continue to be God thru the eternities.
The "cheap" easy answer is these were just changes in the eternal matter/intellegences/whatever. Everything has always existed, it just goes thru organizational changes. So everything is eternal.
Maybe eternal is just a word or concept we use to describe something in relationship to time that we really have no clue about. Time that is. Maybe eternal is used to help when we try to understand our time, but God’s time is different, and maybe time itself is different. That being possible then what does eternal mean?